Washington Unemployment Rate Lowest In Ten Years

Apr 19, 2017

Unemployment in Washington state reached a near-record law last month. New numbers show the state's unemployment rate fell to 4.7 percent in March, just slightly above the national number.

Paul Turek is with the state's employment security department.

He says growth and a strong economy have pushed unemployment down in Washington. Right now - it looks like the trend will continue.

"As more people become employed, as wages begin to rise, it creates more income that translates into spending power," Turek said. "Businesses feel more optimistic, more inclined to pursue investment opportunities. And so these things then become self-sustaining."

Turek says the Puget Sound region is the main driver of growth in the state.

The new numbers show Washington employers added nearly 11,000 jobs in March.

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